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Punta Arenas reaffirms Antarctica links with two private support vessels

Monday, January 29th 2018 - 06:55 UTC
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Punta Arenas. Chile seems determined to remain as the main calling point for Antarctica scientific and logistics support. This month two private undertakings were inaugurated which confirmed that determination, one of them is the DAP's MV Betanzos a scientific vessel for Antarctica research, and the second in the Antarctic Warrior, belonging to the Petromar company and which has been conditioned to transport supplies and fuel to Antarctica. Read full article


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  • golfcronie

    Have we found the missing submarine yet?

    Jan 29th, 2018 - 02:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marti Llazo

    Missing submarine is an argie problem, not one for the chilenos.

    But speaking of missing argie boats, it seems as though the investigation is deposing the two crew members who managed to not get aboard, at the last minute.

    “ Submarino ARA San Juan: declaran los dos tripulantes que se bajaron en Ushuaia. Su testimonio puede ser clave sobre las condiciones de navegabilidad de la nave antes de zarpar hacia Mar del Plata.”

    The text of that note indicates a question about whether the argie armada was paying attention to the submarine manufacturer recommendations for certain inspections at 18 month intervals, while the armada records are evidently showing no such checks in 39 months.

    Jan 29th, 2018 - 07:11 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Maddy

    England will return the Malvinas within 25 years.

    Jan 31st, 2018 - 01:09 am - Link - Report abuse -1
  • JC68

    England will return the Malvinas within 25 years.

    Feb 06th, 2018 - 02:47 am - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Marti Llazo

    Argentina will return the patagonia within 25 years.

    Feb 06th, 2018 - 01:14 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Frank

    So..... my chums at DAP have a more capable antarctic fleet than the failed state of Argentina..... no surprise there....

    They also have more 'antarctica capable' aircraft in their fleet than the RG airforce has airworthy aircraft......

    Feb 07th, 2018 - 01:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marti Llazo


    I believe you are correct. Coincidentally I was at a DAP airport terminal counter in Chile hjust yesterday.

    Our readers may be interested in the extent to which the chilenos have far surpassed the argies in capability for flights to the Antarctic region. From the DAP web page:

    ” Between 2003 and 2007 the company brought DHC-7 (Dash 7) units through a lease contract with Canadian company Voyageur Airways for tour activities in this route, before on November 30th of 2007 the first BAe 146-200 plane arrived in Punta Arenas (CC-CZP). This four-engine aircraft, specially capable of landing on short, unprepared ramps,composes the current jet Antarctic fleet for DAP, together with its twin, the CC-ACO.”

    Feb 07th, 2018 - 03:48 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Frank

    They now have 8 of the BAe 146 series..... changed days from the single Twin Otter flying into Williams 3 days of the week....
    If you were in the Williams terminal they have a twin otter photo of mine on the wall there... they also use the same shot on their wiki....

    Feb 07th, 2018 - 09:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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